Important Dates

All important academic dates from the Office of the Registrar.

Tuition refund deadlines (for students completing research requirement only)


September 3:

Labour Day (statutory holiday) - University closed.


September 4:

LLM Fall term classes begin.


September 6:

Fall term classes begin.


September 19:

Last day for late registration and change of courses (add/drop).


September 20:

Last day for the final oral defense of dissertations, theses and major papers for Fall Convocation.
Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet Phase I deadline for Fall term 2018.


September 27:

Last day to deposit dissertations, theses and major papers in the Office of Graduate Studies (after being checked there for format) for Fall Convocation.
Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase I deadline (100% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Fall term 2018.


October 8:

Thanksgiving Day (statutory holiday) (no classes, University closed).


October 6-14:

Reading Week.


October 13:

Fall Convocation.


October 15:

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the Phase II deadline (50% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Fall term 2018.


October 18:

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase II (50% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Fall term 2018.


November 14:

Last day to voluntarily withdraw from Fall term courses.


November 29:

Last day to send a doctoral dissertation to the External Examiner for a January 2019 defense.


December 15:

Winter term fees are due and payable.


December 17, 2018
Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office, for students who plan on completing the deposit of their major paper, thesis, or dissertation by the end of the Fall term 2018. 


December 20, 2018
Last day to complete the deposit of dissertations, theses and major papers in the Graduate Studies office for the Fall term 2018. 

Students who do not complete the final deposit by December 20 must register for the Winter term 2019 - see details about registration and Phase I tuition refund deadline for Winter term 2019.


Dec. 22, 2017- Jan. 1, 2018:

University offices closed for Christmas recess.

​January 3:

Winter term classes begin.


January 14:

The earliest date a PhD defense can be scheduled in 2019.


January 16:

Last date for late registration.


January 21:

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the Phase I deadline (100% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Winter term 2019.


January 28:

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase I deadline (100% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Winter term 2019.


February 11:

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the Phase II deadline (50% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Winter term 2019


February 15:

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase II (50% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Winter term 2019.


February 16 - 24:

Reading week.


February 18:

Family Day Holiday (University closed).


February 22:

University offices closed.


March 1:

Last day to file an application for Spring graduation. Students who applied for Fall 2018 convocation but did not graduate must reapply for Spring 2019 convocation.


March 13:

Last day to voluntarily withdraw from Winter term courses. After this date students remain registered in courses and receive final grades as appropriate.


March 22:

Deadline for recommending a PhD external examiner for students who plan to graduate at the Spring 2019 Convocation.


April 3:

Last day of classes.


April 19:

Good Friday – University closed.

May 1 - Format checking deadline for convocation:  

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the May 8 deposit deadline and graduate at the Spring Convocation 2019. 


May 3  - Final oral defense deadline:  

Last day for the final oral defense of dissertations, theses and major papers for Spring Convocation 2019 


May 6 

Summer term classes begin 


May 8 - Convocation deposit deadline:  

Last day to deposit dissertations, theses and major papers for Spring Convocation 2019 


May 15  

Summer term fees are due and payable 


May 16 

Last date for late registration for Summer term; 


May 16 - Format checking deadline for Phase I:  

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the Phase I deadline (100% tuition) of the tuition fee refund policy for Summer term 2019. 


May 20 

Victoria Day (Statutory Holiday), University Closed. 


May 24 - Phase I deadline 

Last day to deposit dissertations, theses and major papers under Phase I (100% tuition refund) of the tuition fee refund policy for the Summer term 2019.


May 27-31 

Spring Convocation 


June 10 - Format checking deadline for Phase II

Last day to submit for format checking dissertations, theses and major papers to the Graduate Studies office for students who are planning to meet the Phase II (50% tuition refund) of the tuition fee refund policy for Summer term 2019.


June 14 - Phase II deadline

Last day for completion of all requirements for graduate degrees under Phase II (50% tuition refund) of the tuition fee refund policy for Summer term 2019. 


July 1 

Canada Day, University closed  


July 16 

Last day to voluntarily withdraw from Summer term courses. After this date students remain registered in courses and receive final grades as appropriate 


July 30  

Deadline for recommending a PhD external examiner for students who plan to graduate at the Fall Convocation 


August 1 

Last day to file application for Fall graduation

STUDENTS WHO APPLIED FOR SPRING 2019 CONVOCATION BUT DID NOT GRADUATE MUST REAPPLY FOR FALL 2019 CONVOCATION 


August 5  

Civic Holiday (statutory holiday). University Closed 


August 15 

Fall term fees are due and payable.